Protestant Agency for Diakonia and Development (brot-fuer-die-welt)
Bread for the World is the globally active development and relief agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. In more than 90 countries all across the globe we empower the poor and marginalized to improve their living conditions. Key issues of our work are food security, the promotion of health and education, the access to water, the strengthening of democracy, respecting human rights, keeping peace and the integrity of creation.
The work of Bread for the World primarily focuses on the support of projects in the countries of the Global South. An essential feature of our projects is the close and continuous cooperation with local, often church-related partner organizations. Upon request, Bread for the World provides them with specialists and volunteers. Through lobbying, public relations and education in Germany and Europe we seek to influence political decisions in favor of the poor and to raise awareness for the necessity of a sustainable way of life.
The primary objective of our work is food security. But we also advocate the promotion of health and education, access to water, the respect for human rights and gender equality as well as the integrity of creation.
Religion and values
Bread for the World participates not only in national but also in international activities through cooperation with the international ACT Alliance network, the World Council of Churches, and the Lutheran World Federation. Together we discuss the opportunities and risks of an approach to development which recognizes the important role of religion, and international initiatives in this field. The Luther Decade has been and still is being used for staff training on this issue
Flight and refugees
Another strategic priority was, and still is, our work on the causes of migration, and on providing support for internally displaced persons and migrants. Our aim is to open up better prospects for them, and to support both them and local populations with integration or re-integration. In this work, Bread for the World cooperates closely with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (Diakonie Emergency Aid) and Diakonie Deutschland. The absence of any political solution in Syria made it necessary to try to integrate refugees in neighboring countries.
Agenda 2030, climate agreement
In the summer of 2016, Bread for the World, together with the Klimaallianz (Climate Alliance) and VENRO (Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs), published the “Climate Protection Plan 2050”. The plan shows what has to be done in Germany to make it possible to meet the ambitious goals of the Climate Agreement. Bread for the World paid close attention to the drafting of the German Sustainability Strategy, which is a key instrument for implementing Agenda 2030 in and by Germany.
Supporting our partners through networking and help with local fundraising
At the request of our partners, we are working to make our large network of partner organizations more strategically useful to all our partners. We have continued to promote the sharing, amongst our partners, of skills and experience in particular fields. In addition, we have organized international networking focused on particular global issues. In 2016, the focus was on sharing strategies to overcome the growing restriction of the space in which civil society can operate, and on building an international platform for working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Building capacities for peace
In 2016, in line with its own strategic goals, Bread for the World continued to work with its partner organizations to prevent the violent escalation of conflicts. Increasing civil society’s capacity for action in areas where there is a lack of governmental authority is crucial to the survival of many people. We are therefore continuing to strengthen—as we have in the past—the contribution of our partners to violence prevention, peaceful conflict management, and reconciliation work. We do this by supporting practical peace projects which involve community work, dialogue, trust building, and the building (and rebuilding) of relationships and development prospects for local communities. This is exemplified by projects in South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal), Ukraine, and the North Caucasus, which include measures to promote peacebuilding, mediation, and nonviolent conflict resolution.
Climate change is certainly making its presence felt in the Ethiopian highlands. Although it is well into the rainy season, the level of water in the groundwater-fed well is low. Therefore, one of PADD’s project’s major concerns is to diversify production and adapt to changing climate conditions and to create alternative sources of income. The shallow wells and vegetable growing are just two of many different approaches. These include growing an old local wheat variety, which other varieties had supplanted over the years. This local variety can not only survive frost and drought, but also produces high yields. Seed distribution is carried out on a loan basis. After